from Miami to reach Key West and stopover for the night in Islamorada (1h43 drive from Miami)
The road to reach Key West is long and monotonous. Very difficult to do in one go from Miami. Moreover, the price of the night is exorbitant in Key West. That’s why I recommend you to stop in Islamorada, one of the islands that are scattered along the road to Key West. Islamorada is according to many guide one of the best value for money to spend the night.
On the way to Islamorada, you can take a swim break at different places. I had noted Harry Harris Beach and Park (but I didn’t have time to stop there in the end).
And just before arriving in Islamorada, you can discover the Rain Barrel Village (https://rainbarrelvillage.com/ ), a really amazing arts and crafts store that will entertain your kids.
Islamorada also has the advantage of being close to Robbies (https://www.robbies.com/), which is a must-see on the way. You can feed the Tarpons (big, fast fish) with a bucket of fry (this will amuse your kids a lot). You can also have breakfast (or lunch, dinner) in the restaurant improbably decorated with thousands of dollar bills.
I stayed at the Sands of Islamorada Hotel (https://sandsofislamorada.com/). This is actually a roadside motel, which I found very expensive for what it offered. Especially since there was a lot of Sargassum algae on the sea along the hotel, so it was impossible to swim. But when I compared the prices of other hotels in the area, I realized that it was not that expensive.
14-days family roadtrip in Florida
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